Welcome to the newest feature here on the Poker Monk Blog – The Week In Awesome. Each week I will be posting the four or five things I’m super excited about, super into, or just generally think are super awesome, both in and out of the world of poker. I’m hoping to get some audience participation too. So if there’s something you think is really awesome this week, let me know. I might include it on the list. I was even thinking about including a section titled “Reader Recommendations” in which I feature something you guys send in each week. So, like I said, let me know. Anyway, here’s this week’s awesomeness!
Top Two Poker Podcast
If you follow my blog, you know that I spend a lot of time in the car driving back and forth to casinos, which affords me a ton of time to listen to podcasts. So finding a new one that I love and can binge listen to in order to catch up on past episodes is always an exciting moment for me. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover the Top Two Poker Podcast.
bring interesting individual perspectives to the poker discussion – Bianchi is an East Coast pro and won a WSOP bracelet in 2016 – Bradshaw is both a poker player and a supervisor at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
Poker is obviously the central topic of the podcast, but Chase and Drew don’t just simply stick to strategy. In fact, some of their most interesting topics have been about what it’s like living a life in the world of poker, most notably the engrossing and compelling discussion they had on what it’s like being both a Christian and a professional poker player (Episode Title: Jesus On The Felt).
This is still a very new podcast and the production values still lag a little behind some of the more veteran podcasts, but I really think that Chase and Drew have the makings for a great addition to the poker podcast canon.
Painless Poker by Tommy Angelo
Elements of Poker by Tommy Angelo is one of my favorite poker books of all time. I don’t think there is another poker writer out there that even touches Angelo’s literary prowess. Of course, Elements of Poker is not just beautifully written, it is packed with value for every poker player, regardless of stakes or level of experience.
To say that I was excited about getting an advance copy of Angelo’s newest book to review on this site would definitely be an understatement. Painless Poker, which will be released on March 14, centers on a fictional “Painless Poker Clinic” in which Angelo attempts to help a group of seven poker players, all struggling with their own mental game issues. The book is also peppered with details of Angelo’s own life and poker history, as well as advice on mindfulness and meditation practices.
I will be reviewing this book here on the site and on my YouTube channel, so I don’t want to go into great detail now, but I will say that so far I am enjoying the book thoroughly and can’t wait to share my thoughts with you closer to the books release date.
I’m a huge action-adventure fan, and especially favor superhero movies. Spiderman, Avengers, Batman, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, I love them all. I can’t even say that I hated Suicide Squad (but I also can’t say that I loved it).
Logan is the first in a slew of superhero movies coming out in 2017 and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The movie is helped along by a fantastic script by one of my all-time favorite screenwriters, Scott Frank (Out of Sight and Get Shorty to name just two of his great writing efforts), an original and engaging story line about the effects of aging on superheroes, and a superb performance by Patrick Stewart. All these things combine to create a deeper, darker story than your typical superhero flick, while still providing the massive action and fight sequences that we’ve all come to expect and love in this type of film.
“If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.” Joe Rogan
The awesomeness of this quote is self-explanatory.
In my most recent online session, I got pocket aces way more than average, so they were on my mind when I was writing this week’s list of awesome. I don’t know about you, but I feel like pocket aces often get a bad rap. We focus so much on them getting cracked that I think we sometimes forget how simply awesome they are to get. You know that kind of tingling sensation, a kind of mixture of excitement, anticipation, and hope, that you get when you peek down and slowly squeeze out a pair of aces? I love that feeling. You might even say I’ve become addicted to it. What amazes me is that I still get that feeling even after having played this game for over a decade. Thanks for being so awesome pocket aces!
Agree or disagree with any of my selections this week? Have awesome recommendations of your own? Let me know in the comments.
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Have a great week!